Experiencing Intimacy with God

Intimacy with God

Intimacy with God is the close familiarity, fellowship, or nearness of friendship with him.

God created man for intimacy and communion, but the relationship was broken after the fall of Adam, which affected mankind. He sent Jesus to restore the broken relationship by his death on the cross (Romans 5:10).

God draws nigh when we draw nigh to him (James 4:8). We do this by prayer. We must come before Him in desperate, believing prayer, telling Him all that is in our hearts. As we thus approach Him, we find that He will draw near to us. We might have thought He would be far from us because of our carnality and worldliness, but when we draw near to Him, He forgives us and restores us.

It's important that we maintain intimacy with God because we can do nothing without him (John 15:5). Christ said we must abide in him to bear fruit (John 15:4). A branch abides in a vine by drawing all its life and nourishment from the vine. So we abide in Christ by spending time in prayer, reading and obeying His Word, fellowshipping with His people, and being continually conscious of our union with Him. As we thus maintain constant contact with Him, we are conscious of His abiding in us and supplying us with spiritual strength and resources.

A mark of close intimacy with God is glory. God is glorious. He is light and there is no darkness in him (1 John 1:5). As we draw close to God, we contact his glory. The closer we are to him, the more we radiate his glory. This is seen by the shining face of the individual or the things that concern him radiate his light. The glory of God is found in the life of Christ (John 17:22).

David enjoyed close friendship and intimacy with God. God called him a man after his heart (Acts 13:22). The soul of David thirsted for God, and his entire being cried out for fellowship with the Eternal. His longing for God was as intense as the thirst of a traveler in a dry, weary, waterless land (Psalm 63:1-11). So everyone who maintains intimacy with God is also a man after his heart. 

Those with close intimacy with God like David enjoy quick answers to prayer since they are in proximity to him (Isaiah 65:24). There are no more hindrances to their prayer. They are also highly loved by God.

However, sin hinders our relationship with God, but as we confess and forsake our sin, our relationship and intimacy is restored with him (1 John 1:9).
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